Kilmainham Gaol has a newly transformed civic space

On Wednesday 1st June, 2016 at 11am, an tÁrdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh will unveil a plaque to commemorate the newly designed Kilmainham Civic Space, in the presence of Séan Canney TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works.  Minister of State for Communities and National Drug Strategy and local TD Catherine Byrne will also be in attendance.  The improvement works to the public domain at Kilmainham were carried out as part of Dublin City Council’s 1916 commemorative programme.

The new Kilmainham Civic Space has transformed and enhanced the redevelopment work carried out by the Office of Public Works to Kilmainham Gaol and Courthouse.

Speaking about the newly designed space, Árdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh said, “I commend Dublin City Council and the Office of Public Works for the quality of their work which has transformed this unique urban space. It is an excellent example of what can be achieved for the benefit of all when these two significant public bodies work closely together. This site is of enormous historical significance and I hope that all who visit, work or live in Kilmainham benefit from this transformation.  Tá mé cinnte go mbainfidh cuairteoirí agus muintir na háite taitneamh as an áit bhreá seo i gCill Mhaighneann.’’

Minister of State Seán Canney TD joined today with the Lord Mayor in welcoming the new urban realm development at Kilmainham.   "The work carried out has added considerably to the Kilmainham Gaol Museum attraction" said the Minister.   "Visitors to the Gaol will greatly enjoy the new approach to the new Visitor Centre in the former Courthouse and the quality of the development provides a wonderful entrance to the site.   I would like to join with the Lord Mayor in congratulating the officials of Dublin City Council who carried out the work."

The Kilmainham Civic Space has been totally transformed with the installation of Leinster granite paving, enhanced public lighting, granite bollards and Irish limestone benches to provide seating for tourists and locals alike. The recent introduction of a Dublin Bikes station, as part of the Civic Space, has also enhanced this popular area.

The aim of this redesign was to create a successful vibrant space with a more efficient transport network that encourages greater levels of walking and cycling, enhances visitor experience and quality of life for the local community.

Fennell Photography will circulate photos to picture desks after the event.


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Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170.

Notes to the Editor:

The project was designed and delivered by a multi disciplinary team within Dublin City Council.  Construction was carried out by SIAC and their paving sub-contractor Cairn Construction. The €2.6 million project was co-funded by Dublin City Council and the National Transport Authority.

Works carried out at the Kilmainham Civic Space
A new pedestrian crossing extends axially from the entrance of the Royal Hospital/IMMA to the new Civic Space which visually enhances the route and improves the link between the historic buildings on either side of the South Circular Road.  

Image of Kilmainham Civic Space

The scheme is designed to address road safety issues as well as improving the overall appearance and public realm. A new improved cycle route has been designed through the space as well as improvements to pedestrian crossings, provision of disabled parking spaces and reduction in general parking.

A new Dublin Bikes station and a “Dubline” Wayfinder sign help improve access by means of sustainable transport and facilitate the further development of the area as an attraction for visitors.